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Latest timber industry news, updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

PNG’s new laws to get maximum value from forestry

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has announced that the forestry sector has enacted two new laws to ensure the country gets maximum value from its forestry resources. Source: Loop PNG The laws, relating to the State Marketing Agency (SMA) and Purchase Option (PO) are among
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Conservation and rewilding potential of native planting

Stands of weather-worn macrocarpa and pine are still a common sight in rural Canterbury, New Zealand a growing number of farmers are planting native trees on their land. Conservation biologist Dr Sara Kross, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of C
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Big River grows bigger adding Specialised Laminators

Big River Industries Ltd has acquired Specialised Laminators (SLQ), a renowned panel products company based in Brisbane. This strategic move enhances Big River’s panel product offerings and strengthens its presence in the industry. Source: Timberbiz SLQ, established in 1977, has
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Heli-saw tree trimming trial shows positive results

New Zealand’s electricity sector could be transformed by a radical new approach to keeping trees off power lines, says a King Country-based energy distributor. The Lines Company (TLC), based in Te Kūiti, has undertaken its first successful trial of the heli-saw – a specialised tree-tr
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FSC ANZ AGM marks 30 years of FSC for Life

FSC ANZ hosted its 17th Annual General Meeting on 30 May, marking a significant milestone with the celebration of 30 years of FSC globally under the theme ‘ FSC for Life.’ The event, held in Canberra and attended by members both in person and online, highlighted the organi
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Seed collections to safeguard iconic forests

Forestry Corporation has embarked on a seed collection program to safeguard some of the most iconic forests in New South Wales. The giant eucalypt forests of the NSW high country dominated by Alpine Ash were severely impacted by the Black Summer bushfires. Source: Timberbiz The specie
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Chainsaw Safety Week

Leading chainsaw brand, STIHL, has launched STIHL Chainsaw Safety Week in Australia from 3-9 June to build awareness of the necessary safety precautions for operating a chainsaw this winter and beyond. Source: Timberbiz With almost one thousand chainsaw injuries reported in Australia
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Plantations benefit from the removal of the water rule

Australia’s forest industry can now celebrate the removal of the ‘water rule’ that for years has deterred new timber plantings participating in the Emissions Reduction Fund. Source: Timberbiz As of 1 June 2024, the water rule that had added conditions that plantation forestry needed t
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